Yoga for Children

More and more professionals who work with children with autism, special needs, sensory integration, learning disabilities and ADD/ADHD are being trained to teach children’s yoga–and with great results. Yoga is a natural for children, since it addresses the whole child, including the brain/body connection. Tips for Doing Yoga with Your Children Create a special time of the day for yoga with your child. Take some time in the morning or evening and follow it with

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Land Art for Kids

Create art with your kids this summer while out on the beach, by the lake or on a hike. Here are some great ideas for art created with nature by land artist Richard Shilling: Richard Shilling is a land artist based in Northern England who encourages children to get outside to see and create art in nature. He recently published the first of a series of Land Art for Kids books in partnership with Julia

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How to ask your Child about their School Day

A Conversation after School by Saray Moody If you are a parent of a young child who attends school, you have probably been told not to ask your child about their day at pick up. So many parents ask me, why is that? It seems so natural to ask the ones you love about their day when you come back together. It actually seems like it may be a part of helping a child adapt

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Montessori Dropper Activity

From our Montessori preschool classroom: colored water dropper activity to develop fine motor skills. Note the concentration and perseverance. Before children tackle more complex activities, they must first master the basics. This activity is part of the practical life area or work and teaches children how to use an eye dropper. The child cleans up any spills independently using the sponge provided.

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Fake Snow Montessori Sensorial Activity

Fake Snow Montessori Sensorial Activity

This  Montessori Sensorial Activity for toddlers and preschoolers will keep kids busy indoors while it’s cold outside: Make fake snow with Epsom salt, glitter and tinsel. Mix ingredients together and pour into a plastic tub. Young children will love scooping and pouring it. Older children will have fun creating a winter wonderland scene with little figurines, houses and animals. Ingredients: Epsom Salt Silver Glitter Cut up tinsel garlands  

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Primary News December 2014

Primary News December 2014

  “Gratitude makes sense of our past, brings peace for today, and creates a vision for tomorrow.” Melody Beattie Thank you all so much for making November such a wonderful and memorable month. We began the month with “The Silent Journey.” The families that attended explored Montessori materials from all areas of the curriculum. For those who could not make it to the curriculum night or silent journey, please considering taking an hour to observe the children working in one

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Make a Thankful Tree

November Activity for Montessori Parents: Cut leave shapes out of colored construction paper  with your child. Trace the shapes for him and have him cut them out with child-safe scissors. Write things you are thankful for on the paper leaves and attach to twigs. Place in a vase.     Source: pbs.org

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Apple Activities

Apple Activities

Stained Glass Apples Materials: Wax paper Elmer’s Glue 1”x1” Tissue paper squares  – I usually do two color groupings – shades of red and pink as well as shades of green and yellow Apple pattern Yarn or Ribbon Procedures: 1.  Precut your wax paper into a square shape that is slightly larger than your apple pattern. 2.  Use a paintbrush to coat the piece of wax paper with glue. 3.  Have the child decide if

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7 Qualities to Look for in an Authentic Montessori School

7 Qualities to Look for in an Authentic Montessori School

There are numerous schools and preschools in the country, and in Connecticut, claiming to provide a Montessori education. Some schools claiming to be Montessori schools do not have any certified Montessori teachers and some do not even have Montessori materials for children to work with. Here is how to tell if a school you are considering is a real Montessori school:   Written by Shanna Honan Head of School, Chesapeake Montessori School When parents begin looking

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